English Literature

Education and the Mockingbird

Kat Hind | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Hind

I read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' in my final year of GCSE. It was not on my syllabus, in fact very few pieces of great literature were. I read it becaus...

The Rabid Dog and the Dead Mockingbird

Charley-Kai John | Posted 02.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Charley-Kai John

Michael Gove's intention to axe American Classics (To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and The Crucible) from the GCSE English Literature syllabus ...

Don't Look Back (Too Much)

Boy Lowe | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Boy Lowe

Brace yourselves, this may come as something of a surprise. I've dropped out of Oxford. Yes, I know. It's something of an about face considering my previous posts but hear me out. I left, not due to egregious academic incompetence, lewd or licentious behaviour beneath hall tables or even to pursue a love interest. It's taken me a while to reflect on this but here I go. I'd welcome your thoughts.

Universities Should Include Work Experience in Your Degree Programme

Natasha Preskey | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Preskey

Twenty-three days ago, I completed a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing. Apologies to any medics out there who still have two months of library toil ahead - your time will come!

Top 10 UK Universities To Study English

The Huffington Post UK | Louisa Clack | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

The Complete University Guide has released the top ten universities to study English for 2014-2015. The website ranks the courses by their entry st...

Controversial Changes to the A Level Syllabus Just Distract From the Real Issue

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

The suggestion that young people can only engage with 'accessible texts' such as Caitlin Moran's Twitter feed and Russell Brand's testimony on drug use to a House of Commons committee is inexcusably patronising.

Wordsmiths and Warriors the Book Every English-Language Tourist Needs

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Annie Martirosyan

No less valuable are the helpful directions at the end of each chapter on how to get to the places by the most convenient and time-saving route.

23 Things Only English Lit Students Will Know

The Huffington Post UK | Ekin Karasin | Posted 21.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

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Historical Dramas Must Look Further Than High School History

Lia Sanders | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Lia Sanders

I pity anyone out there who happened to come across the BBC's serialisation of Death Comes to Pemberley without first having read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Lessons Learned From An English Degree

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Brownrigg

Anaphora, synaesthesia, pentameter... you learn some tantalisingly useless words during an English degree. I would recommend English to anyone; you get to quilt adjectives, mash up clauses, make sentences swagger and phrases pop like fireworks.

Shakespeare Professor Unveils Our Demonic Dimension

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Martirosyan

I rarely meet people who share my bittersweet obsession with both Shakespeare and Dostoevsky. So when I do, the elation is boundless. That's what made me gasp as I was looking through the contents of The Demonic: Literature and Experience, newly published by Routledge.

What the Dickens Are We Doing to Our Children?

Lauren Davidson | Posted 14.01.2013 | Home
Lauren Davidson

Perhaps, as the bicentennial year draws to a close and we move into Dickens' third century, there is something else the Victorian author can teach us - and that is not to teach him to our children.

Great Expectations: Life as an Unemployed Graduate

David Lintott | Posted 31.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
David Lintott

Many graduates will return home for good in search of work and find themselves facing up to the grim reality of unemployment, a term synonymous with notions of failure and despair, and about as far removed from the joy of a graduation ceremony as you can get.

We Must Be Careful Not to Let Tuition Fees Drown Out Arts Subjects

Sam Brodbeck | Posted 22.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Brodbeck

In these expensive, jobless times it would be stupid to undertake three years of study to get a first class certificate valid only for bohemian coffee shops and bars. "You'll need a good knowledge of postmodernism to chat with the clientele," head baristas will say.

A Shakespearean Education

Hattie Clarke | Posted 11.01.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Hattie Clarke

For non-English literature prodigies, whom Shakespeare was forced upon in secondary school, there should be some thought put in for making room for a wider range of texts who might appeal to a modern age of students. When Shakespeare's work is so deeply embedded in our culture, they've got nothing to worry about, he's sure to get to us anyway.

Dumbing Down English Literature

Clare Sarson | Posted 26.11.2011 | UK Universities & Education
Clare Sarson

I teach English Literature A Level. My Year 13 students this year are tackling a variety of texts including Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, Hamlet and an anthology of poetry that includes work from Petrarch to Duffy, Browning to Angelou.